For the first week of Cyber Security Awareness Month, we want to start where security matters the most: your home. Our homes have become more vulnerable to digital attacks: Bleeping Computer found the frequency of DDoS Trojan attacks rose by 30% in 2018. Read on to learn why.
The majority of these attacks were deployed through Internet of Things (IoT) devices, like your fridge, or your TV. IoT devices are especially susceptible to DDoS attacks due to the nature of their software. It’s easy to forget they need firmware updates.
It’s also easy to forget these devices need their admin/passwords changed from the defaults when you’re setting them up. The US Air Force made this mistake when someone forgot to reset the Netgear router password.
To combat these IoT vulnerabilities, Bill SB-327 was recently approved by the U.S. government in California to prevent smart devices from having default authentication credentials. Remember, it’ll be awhile before this comes into effect, so set secure passwords until it does!
Just to be safe, you should also set your IoT devices up on a separate network than the one you use for your private surfing. The Wemo Smart Plug flaw showed how an IoT device can be transformed into a portal to your home network if you don’t.
Software that can help:
Run a FixMeStick scan to ensure DDoS hasn’t targeted your system. Suggest FixMeStick to a friend with a smart home– FixMeStick subscriptions are $10 off to celebrate Cyber Security Awareness Month. Act fast – this promotional offer ends October 14th!